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Private School

Inspection Report

Al Dhabiania Private School

Academic Year 2016 2017

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Al Dhabiania Private School

Inspection Date February 6, 2017 to February 9, 2017


Date of previous
February 16, 2015 to February 19, 2015
inspection

General Information Students


Total number of
School ID 182 1,241
students

Opening year of %of students per Main Curriculum 100%


1987
school curriculum Other Curriculum 0
KG 292
Number of students Primary: 432
Principal Hamda Ahmed Al Muhairi
in other phases Middle: 283
High: 234

School telephone +971 (0)2 667 8282 Age range 3 to 18 years

Khalifa Bin Shakhboot Street, Grades or Year


School Address Kindergarten to Grade 12
Abu Dhabi Groups
Kindergarten to Grade 3:
Official email (ADEC) Aldhabiania.pvt@adec.ac.ae Gender Boys and Girls
Grades 4 to 12: Girls
% of Emirati
School website ---- 10%
Students
1. Egyptian 23%
Fee ranges (per Very Low to Low: Largest nationality
2. Jordanian 22%
annum) AED 9,300 to AED 16,400 groups (%)
3. Syrian 18%
Licensed Curriculum Staff
Ministry of Education
Main Curriculum Number of teachers 84
(MoE)
Other Curriculum Number of teaching
---- 0
(if applicable) assistants (TAs)
Ministry of Education KG/ FS 1:18
examinations;
International Benchmark
External Exams/ Teacher-student
Tests (IBT);
Standardised tests ratio Other phases 1:14
External Measure of
Student Achievement
(EMSA)

Accreditation ---- Teacher turnover 18%

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Introduction
Inspection activities
Number of inspectors 5
deployed

Number of inspection days 4

Number of lessons observed 124

Number of joint lesson 4


observations
Number of parents
260; (return rate: 21%)
questionnaires
Inspectors conducted meetings with senior leaders,
teachers and support staff, students and parents. They
analysed test and assessment results and scrutinised
Details of other inspection students work across the school. They reviewed many
activities of the schools policies, surveys and other
documentation. The leadership team was involved
throughout the inspection and conducted joint lesson
observations with inspectors.

School
To provide a good quality of education for all
students.

To promote high expectations which afford all


School Aims children equal opportunities to achieve their full
potentials.

To support the development of pupils social skills and


their role as citizens.

Vision: A school community, which applies the best


educational and instructional standards.

School vision and mission Mission: Seeking an educational and instructional


school society, which employs modern technology
with an effective society partnership.

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The school has an open admissions policy.

Admission Policy Children are admitted into Kindergarten after an


interview. In other grades, students prior attainment,
is reviewed through their report cards.

The senior leadership team comprises the principal, 2


vice principals, 2 curriculum development specialists and
11 subject coordinators.

Leadership structure The governing body comprises the chairperson, acting


(ownership, governance and as the general managers representative, 5 members
management) of the Family Development Foundation who have
responsibilities which cover administration and
curriculum, and a representative from the mothers
council. The principal and vice principals attend each
board meeting.

SEN Details (Refer to ADEC SEN Policy and Procedures)


Number of students Number of other students
SEN Category identified through external identified by the school
assessments internally

Intellectual disability 0 0

Specific Learning Disability 4 5

Emotional and Behaviour


1 5
Disorders (ED/ BD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
0 0
(ASD)
Speech and Language
1 4
Disorders
Physical and health related
1 2
disabilities

Visually impaired 0 1

Hearing impaired 3 0

Multiple disabilities 0 0

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G&T Details (Refer to ADEC SEN Policy and Procedures)
Number of students
G&T Category
identified

Intellectual ability 47

Subject-specific aptitude (e.g. in science, mathematics,


47
languages)

Social maturity and leadership 10

Mechanical/ technical/ technological ingenuity 37

Visual and performing arts (e.g. art, theatre, recitation) 79

Psychomotor ability (e.g. dance or sport) 20

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The overall performance of the school
Inspectors considered the school in relation to 3 performance categories

Band A High performing (Outstanding, Very Good or Good)

Band B Satisfactory (Acceptable)

Band C In need of significant improvement (Weak or Very Weak)

The school was judged to be: Band A Good

Band C
Band A Band B
In need of significant
High Performing Satisfactory
improvement
Outstanding

Acceptable

Very Weak
Very Good

Weak
Good

Performance Standards

Performance Standard 1:

Students achievement

Performance Standard 2:
Students personal and
social development, and
their innovation skills

Performance Standard 3:
Teaching and assessment

Performance Standard 4:
Curriculum

Performance Standard 5:
The protection, care,
guidance and support of
students

Performance Standard 6:
Leadership and
management

Summary Evaluation:
The schools overall
performance

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The Performance of the School
Evaluation of the schools overall performance
Al Dhabiania Private School provides a good quality of education. Students
achievement overall is good; the majority of students attain levels above
curriculum standards and make good progress, including those with special
educational needs (SEN) or with special gifts and talents (G&T). In Islamic
education in the middle and high phases and High phase science, the large
majority of students attain levels above curriculum standards and make very good
progress. In social studies High phase students also make very good progress. The
quality of teaching is good in all subjects. The quality of the curriculum is also
good in all subjects. Effective planning and implementation promote a strong
appreciation of the UAEs heritage as well as student competencies.
Students personal and social development is very good. Staff are committed to
providing high-quality protection, guidance and support within a caring and
positive ethos. Parents are very supportive of the school and appreciative of their
childrens achievement. The principal provides attentive leadership and guidance:
she has nurtured cohesive staff teams who share the senior leaders clear
strategic direction and their commitment to the schools aims and continuous
school improvement.
Progress made since last inspection and capacity to improve
The school has made good progress in addressing recommendations from the
previous inspection report. The quality of teaching and learning has improved.
The school has provided well-focused professional development and the principal
and senior leaders in particular now closely monitor teacher impact in lessons and
provide support where necessary. The schools integration of ADECs student
competency framework in all subjects and grades provides more challenge
throughout. Most teachers set higher expectations and more effectively
implement learning activities that meet the needs of most students, and their
feedback now helps students improve their work. This is more evident in high
school phase. Students have more opportunities for independent learning, as in
the introduction of the reading programme, critical thinking activities and the
wide range of practical projects. Students ability to work independently remains
an area for ongoing development.
The school has strengthened systems to regularly monitor and track students
academic progress. Senior leaders conduct careful analysis in order to identify
gaps and plan modifications as well as to identify targets for high achievers. The
school has focused on developing a student focus in lessons. Subject leaders are
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most effective when during lesson observations they pay closer attention to
students learning and the impact on it of the teaching taking place. This remains
an area for development in order to develop a consistent approach. The school
has further developed systems to very effectively monitor and support the
personal development of students.
The principal, senior leaders and school staff have demonstrated good capacity to
undertake and sustain further improvement.
Development and promotion of innovation skills
Leaders are keen to promote innovation throughout the school and have initiated
a range of projects. The school has been creative in enriching the MoE curriculum,
for instance by developing workbooks for KG that enable the integration of
subjects, and also by developing modifications for students with SEN and by
integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across subjects for
all grades. Within each undertaking the school has created curriculum maps to
ensure progression and coverage.
The school has initiated a programme to creatively develop students
understanding of the UAEs culture and the specific dialects and vocabulary
related to the UAE. A major focus has been meaningful integration of ICT in all
subjects and students confidently use it as a tool in different situations, as in
Primary phase students leading assembly when they use iPhones to access quick
response (QR) codes to generate competitive questions about the UAE for their
peers. Students in high school phase have additional opportunities to use the ICT
laboratory during break time to develop their skills. Most students demonstrate
high levels of social responsibility and commitment to their school community.
Students of all ages have helped to develop the Al Ain Oasis quadrangle, installing
plants and generally improving the environment. As a result, the quadrangle
provides a haven of peace enjoyed by students and staff.
Promotion of innovation skills is observed most effectively through projects such
as the creative murals painted by middle school phase students, which decorate
the walls beside the ICT laboratory. There is less consistent development in
lessons; innovation is more effective when teachers use a range of strategies to
develop creativity and practical application. In an effective Grade 8 science lesson,
students used recycled materials to demonstrate an electrical circuit, and in Grade
4 students created a telescope made of recycled cardboard. Innovation is clearly
seen in the range of models in the Future Leaders home. In a minority of lessons,
teachers have created innovation corners to display work.

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The inspection identified the following as key areas of strength:
students achievement in Islamic education, particularly in the primary and
high pahses
Students achievement in science in high school phase
students keen attitudes to learning and their confident communication
skills in Arabic and English and the positive impact this has on learning in
other subjects
students confidence, their courtesy towards others and their enjoyment
of school nurtured by the caring and positive ethos and staff commitment
to their well-being
effective curriculum implementation that promotes an appreciation of the
UAEs heritage and student competencies
the principals attentive leadership and guidance, senior leaders clear
strategic direction, and the cohesive staff teams that promote
commitment to the schools aims and continuous improvement.

The inspection identified the following as key areas for


improvement:
consistency in teaching for effective learning in all grade levels and
subjects, in particular more effective planning to ensure that activities
provide appropriate levels of support and challenge for all learning groups,
including lower achievers and higher achievers
regular opportunities in lessons for students to develop skills in innovation
and independent learning
consistency in the implementation of the KG curriculum and provision of
opportunities for children to learn through making choices in structured,
independent and purposeful learning activities
consistency in the rigour of lesson observations by subject leaders and a
greater focus on the impact of teaching on learning and the quality of
lesson planning.

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Performance Standard 1: Students Achievement

Students achievement Indicators KG Primary Middle High

Attainment Good Good Very Good Very Good


Islamic
Education
Progress Good Good Very Good Very Good

Attainment Good Good Good Good


Arabic
(as a First Language)
Progress Good Good Good Good

Arabic Attainment N/A N/A N/A N/A


(as a Second
Language) Progress N/A N/A N/A N/A

Attainment Good Good Good Good


Social Studies
Progress Good Good Good Very Good

Attainment Good Good Good Good


English
Progress Good Good Good Good

Attainment Good Good Good Good


Mathematics
Progress Good Good Good Good

Attainment Good Good Good Very Good


Science
Progress Good Good Good Very Good

Language of
instruction (if other Attainment N/A N/A N/A N/A
than English and
Arabic as First Progress N/A N/A N/A N/A
Language)

Other subjects Attainment Good Good Good Good

(Art, Music, PE)


Progress Good Good Good Good

Learning Skills
(including innovation, creativity, critical
Good Good Good Good
thinking, communication, problem-
solving and collaboration)

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Attainment compared to curriculum expectations is good overall in all core subjects;
in the middle phase it is very good in Islamic Education, and in the high phase it is
very good in Islamic Education and science. In external standardized assessments,
internally marked in Grades 1 to 11 and externally marked in Grade 12, most students
attain levels above national standards in all core subjects. Results over three years
demonstrate consistently positive performance in core subjects. The most recent
EMSA results for all grades show that in Arabic reading and writing, most students
attainment is above expectations and mostly better than that of students in similar
schools. Overall, performance on standardized assessments shows that students
identified with SEN and G&T make similar rates of progress to other student groups
in relation to their starting points. In lessons and in their written work, the majority
of students demonstrate levels of knowledge, skills and understanding above
curriculum standards in most subjects. In Islamic Education in the middle and high
phase, and science in the high phase a large majority of students attain levels above
curriculum standards.
In Islamic Education, students attainment and progress are good in KG and primary
and very good in middle and high phases Most students demonstrate a very secure
understanding of and appreciation for the values of Islam and demonstrate these in
their behaviour and attitudes. In KG, children recite surat Al Fatiha with appropriate
intonation and respect. Most KG2 children reflect on the importance of being kind to
parents on the care they receive from their mothers. In the primary phase students
understand the importance of reading verses from the Quran and by Grade 5 a large
majority are able to apply Telawa rules and read accurately. In the middle phase,
most students are able to apply Tajweed rules with high accuracy when reading
verses from surat Yassin. By the high phase students confidently dramatise a scene
from the life of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and discuss the importance of
personal contributions to the well-being of the country.
In Arabic, students attainment and progress are good throughout the school. Their
listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing skills are generally well
developed. Students routinely use standard Arabic in all grades. They are not given
enough opportunities to write at greater length to fully develop their writing and
grammatical skills. In KG, the majority of children are able to recognize letters and
pronounce them accurately with short vowels. the primary phase, the majority of
students are able to read sentences and texts, understand the meaning of new
words in context, and use them in sentences. The majority of younger students
confidently express ideas about tolerance. in the middle phase, the majority of
students understand the concepts of grammar and demonstrate a secure ability to
apply them, for example when high achievers in Grade 8 develop creative short
stories. By high phase, the majority of students display well-developed language
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skills. In Grade 12, they read poems expressively and are able to identify the main
ideas.
In social studies, students attainment is good throughout the school. Their progress
is good in KG, primary and middle and very good in the high phase. In all grades,
students demonstrate a good understanding and appreciation of the UAEs culture
and heritage. They are very respectful of Emirati values, as when they
wholeheartedly sing the National Anthem in assembly. In KG, children are able to
name and count the Emirates and enjoy singing a song about them. In Primary ,
most students can describe the different environments found in the UAE and reflect
on the diverse civilisations of the past. In Middle phase, students discuss their beliefs
concerning womens rights, and by Grade 9 most students are able to reflect on
their role models in life and critically explain their own choices. In High phase,
students confidently participate in a discussion about womens rights in the UAE and
take on roles to discuss it from different perspectives. Most students are able to
conduct a risk analysis for starting a small business and synthesize factors
contributing towards good business practice.
In English, students attainment and progress are good throughout the school. They
develop secure language skills and display increasing competency as they progress
through the grades. In all phases, their listening and speaking skills are well
developed. Extended writing is less well developed as a result of the fewer
opportunities provided to develop the necessary skills. In KG, children demonstrate
a growing phonic understanding and are able to recognise simple three-letter
words. By Grade 5, students confidently use a broad range of vocabulary to share
opinions; they write well-constructed short sentences, using correct vocabulary, to
give reasons for their ideas. In Middle phase, students demonstrate progressively
stronger speaking and reading skills, and by Grade 9 their reading comprehension is
well developed. They retain detailed information and their explanations are clear
and interesting. During class discussions in High phase, students use more complex
sentences, for example to describe, with examples, the relationship between
necessary skills and personality traits in job requirements. Their reading is fluent and
expressive and they are able to efficiently use dictionaries to discover the meaning
of unfamiliar words.
In mathematics, students attainment and progress are good throughout the school.
As they progress through the grades, students display increasingly secure
understanding of, and skills with, number operations. In all grades, students
problem-solving skills develop well as the result of the focus on them in learning
activities. In KG, children know the terms first, next and last, and are able to
sequence pictures. In Primary , the majority of students are able to count backwards
and understand the connection between counting back and subtraction. They
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recognise and expand on irregular and repetitive patterns, and high achievers create
more complex patterns. In Middle phase, students understand more complex and
abstract concepts such as algebraic formulae. The majority of students are able to
solve simple equations using concrete materials, and progress to more abstract
problems where they are able to illustrate and solve equations involving integers on
a negative and a positive number line. By Grade 12, students understand more
complicated concepts and engage in higher-level problem-solving when they
confidently use specific formulae to solve equations using various mathematical
processes and trigonometry.
In science, students attainment and progress are good in KG, primary and middle
phase, and very good in High phase. In all phases, students develop secure
investigative skills and use terminology accurately to explain their learning. In KG,
children know the difference between day and night, and living and non-living
things. In Primary , younger students investigate how different objects might be
used to measure weather and by Grade 4 students are able to use thermometers
accurately to record and compare temperatures. In Middle phase, students prepare
slides, observe closely using a microscope, and are able to explain the difference
between a plant and animal cell. Their recording is neat and accurate. By High phase,
students demonstrate well-developed knowledge and skills; they more confidently
make hypotheses, conduct experiments such as how the addition of chemicals to
water changes the temperature, and record with precision. They make use of
scientific terminology to explain their findings, for instance in describing the
relationship between metallic bonds.
In other subjects, students attainment and progress are good throughout the
school. In KG, children enjoy singing and recognise a variety of musical instruments.
Students develop an understanding of the design process and demonstrate well-
developed skills in art, creative design and technology. In Grade 1 they are able to
select the brush or pen key on computers and create a drawing. Grade 4 students
enjoy working cooperatively to make a light shade using balloons, glue and wool. By
Grade 12, students confidently develop creative robots using 123D Design.
Information and communication technology (ICT) is well integrated as a tool in most
subjects, for example when Grade 11 science students confidently carry out research
and produce high-quality and creative power point presentations using different
programmes. In Middle phase, students enthusiastically respond to music and
develop competent skills in basketball.
Students learning skills are well developed throughout the school. In all grades they
are keen to learn. They show increasingly responsible attitudes as they move up
through the school, for example, when Grade 5 students focus intently on
identifying the things that might stop them performing well on examinations, and
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delight in sharing these with their peers. Students in all phases demonstrate well-
developed collaboration skills when they take turns as leaders and share ideas,
listening well and supporting each other. Their communication skills are well
developed, as seen in a Grade 11 mathematics lesson when students challenged each
other and were able to present a rationale for their decisions. Their communication
and research skills are further developed through the regular opportunities provided
for project-based learning and for sharing achievements with their peers. Students
make progressively secure links with other subjects, the UAEs culture and their own
lives, as when KG children in Islamic education explain that mosques are places
where they pray. Students critical thinking skills develop effectively, particularly in
the middle and high phase, as a result of the majority of teachers confidently using a
range of questioning strategies and their routine use of questions such as Why?,
How?, and What would you do? Students recognize the value of ICT as a tool to
extend their activities, as when Grade 11 students use secure research skills to search
the web and extract information to create presentations on job opportunities in the
UAE.

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Performance Standard 2: Students personal and social development,
and their innovation skills

Students personal and social


development, and their innovation skills KG Primary Middle High
Indicators

Personal development Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good

Understanding of Islamic values and


Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
awareness of Emirati and world cultures

Social responsibility and innovation skills Good Good Good Good

Students personal and social development and their innovation skills are very good
overall. Students are confident and show very positive attitudes; they are happy and
enjoy school. They are keen to succeed and take increasing responsibility in lessons
and generally around school. Most students demonstrate a secure values-based
approach to their personal conduct. Students are very well behaved in lessons and
around the school. They are aware of the needs of others and interact with courtesy,
care and respect. The relationships they have developed with their teachers is
characterised by mutual respect and good humour, and they confidently engage in
conversations. Students know and understand the importance of following a
healthy lifestyle. Most opt for healthy food choices, participate in discussions in
physical education (PE) and health lessons on topics such as keeping fit and
smoking. They appreciate the need for physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Students attendance levels are outstanding at 98%.
Students appreciation of Islamic values is very good. They understand well how
Islamic values influence society and their own daily lives. They are able to relate
values such as tolerance to their behaviour and relationships. Students demonstrate
a very secure knowledge of and respect for the heritage and culture of the UAE:
they are able to discuss its many aspects including its historical development, its
music, and how peoples way of life is underpinned by their strong Islamic values.
This is promoted very effectively by connections made in all subjects and grades.
Most students come from other countries yet they indicate that Abu Dhabi is home
for them. They are well informed about the countries their families have come from
and can make knowledgeable comparisons with life in different places. Older
students also express keen interest in visiting other countries and recognize the
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value of learning different languages in order to travel effectively.
Students positive sense of social responsibility extends across all phases. They enjoy
leadership opportunities, for example through participating on the students council
with its motto My School My Responsibility and also joining the schools Future
Leaders programme in which students take responsibility across a range of areas.
Student involvement in the community tends to be guided by teachers as opposed
to being student-initiated. Students participate in voluntary activities organized
through organizations such as the Red Crescent. They also participate in fund-raising
events related to womens health issues as well as undertaking hospital visits and
interacting with children in a special needs centre. Students work ethic is very
strong. They are proud of their school and appreciate the opportunities it provides
for them. There is a good leadership structure that includes student leaders in each
class who take responsibility for keeping the environment clean, social
developments and cultural events. Their initiatives and skills in enterprise and
entrepreneurship are not as well developed. Students are aware of their
environment and make every effort to take care of it. The Al Ain oasis, where
classes have planted and looked after vegetables and flowers, is a welcome feature.

Performance Standard 3: Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and Assessment Indicators KG Primary Middle High

Teaching for effective learning Good Good Good Good

Assessment Good Good Good Good

Teaching and assessment are good. The quality of teaching observed by inspectors
ranged from very good to weak. In most lessons, the effectiveness of teaching is
good or better. Effective teaching practices are evident in all subjects and grades;
this is particularly consistent in the middle and high phases Islamic Education and
high phase social studies and science.
Teachers demonstrate secure subject knowledge in all core subjects and most use it
effectively to engage students. In KG, a few teachers have less understanding of
how to provide activities that challenge children to work independently in
stimulating and resource-rich guided activities so as to practise skills and develop
secure understanding. Teachers create a positive atmosphere in which students feel
valued and are keen to succeed. They plan lessons together and meet regularly to
develop purposeful links between subjects, such as Arabic and English with social
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studies, mathematics with science, and PE with health awareness. Teachers create
engaging and informative classroom environments with up-to-date displays of
student work in all core subjects. In more effective lessons, teachers maintain a
productive pace through the changing activities and set high expectations for
student engagement, especially in the higher grades.
Teachers mostly make effective use of resources to encourage participation and
develop their understanding and skills, for example in the use of manipulatives in
the middle phase mathematics. The use of learning technologies in the classrooms is
more limited in KG and primary where teachers use data show effectively yet
students have more limited use of ICT as a tool for learning. Teachers in all grades
cultivate respectful, encouraging and very positive relationships with students,
which help develop their confidence and their keen attitudes toward learning.
Teachers mostly encourage and motivate students in all subjects to achieve better
understanding and discuss their ideas, secure in the knowledge that they will be well
received.
In all phases and particularly in middle and high phase, teachers use a range of
questioning strategies to encourage students to think critically and explain their
thinking, as when Grade 9 students explain and defend their responses. In
mathematics, probing questions encourage students to explain their reasoning. In a
minority of lessons, the teaching approach encourages students to rely too much on
teachers for guidance, especially in KG, grades 1 and 2. In these lessons, teachers
spend overlong on whole-class instruction, pace is slow, and individual, small-group
learning time is limited. Teacher use a range of strategies to make lessons more
interesting and effective. In effective lessons, learning activities challenge and
support most students different abilities. In the less effective lessons, planning is
basic and students are all given the same task, which does not sufficiently challenge
the high achievers or support the low achievers.
The school has robust assessment processes and senior leaders provide clear
direction. Senior and subject leaders are responsible for collecting, verifying and
analysing students performance data; analysis is shared with teachers for
subsequent action. Internal processes are consistent within all phases and are well
aligned to curriculum standards. The school makes effective use of analysis of
student performance on standardized assessments, which are internally assessed
for Grades 1 to 11 and externally marked for Grade 12 in all core subjects.. Analysis is
used effectively to inform curriculum planning and allow modifications with
reference to students with SEN, those with G&T, low and high achievers.
Most teachers make secure use of formative and summative assessment
information to inform their planning and teaching; there is inconsistency in the

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effectiveness of planning to meet the learning needs of all groups of students,
particularly the lower and higher achievers. Most teachers are aware of the
strengths and weaknesses of their students through their continuous assessments
and class monitoring. In particular, teachers in High phase use this knowledge very
effectively to engage and challenge most students. Teachers use of peer- and self-
assessment is emerging, for example in the motivating use of the thumbs up,
thumbs in the middle and thumbs down system in Primary to encourage students
to self-assess their own understanding.

Performance Standard 4: Curriculum

Curriculum Indicators KG Primary Middle High

Curriculum design and implementation Good Good Good Good

Curriculum adaptation Good Good Good Good

The quality of curriculum design, implementation and adaptation is good. The school
curriculum has a sound rationale; it is broad and balanced. The programme offers a
broad and balanced range of subjects. Structured planning and implementation for
Grades 11 and 12, which are divided into general and advanced sections, has resulted
in learning that is well focused on students prior learning levels and offers
appropriate challenge and support. The school has planned an additional focus on
strong development in all grades of student competencies and skills in addition to
knowledge and understanding. Senior leaders have enhanced the curriculum, for
example through planning integration in subjects and creating supporting resources
in KG, and enriching social studies with a values-based approach. The school has
developed curriculum mapping for SEN provision to plan how the needs of those
students will be met, as well as for the integration of ICT. Curriculum mapping is
used effectively to ensure continuity and progression between the different grades
and phases. As a result, the curriculum meets the needs of most students as they
move through the grades. Curricular choices meet the requirements of the MoE
curriculum. In KG, the happiness room provides regular opportunities for children to
engage in free choice in a stimulating environment. The planned links between
subjects are meaningful in most lessons and subjects. This is particularly evident in

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the connections established between social studies and other core subjects.
Curriculum review is regular and leads to modifications that are soundly based on
analysis of student assessment. For example, the school identified that Primary
students demonstrated less well-developed reading skills. As a result, the school
initiated a levelled reading enrichment programme within English lessons.
Curriculum planning and modification are successful in developing an interesting
and motivating programme that motivates and meets the needs of most students.
There is less effective planning in lessons in order to give sufficient challenge to high
achievers and support to low achievers in order to accelerate their progress. In the
middle and high phases, there is a greater focus on planning opportunities in lessons
for students to develop innovative skills; this is emerging in KG and Primary .
Students participate in a wide range of innovative projects such as creating 3
dimensional models in connection with science and social studies and using
interactive programmes in the ICT laboratory. Curriculum planning and
implementation ensure that students experience an integration of UAE culture in all
subjects; this develops their clear understanding and appreciation. The school uses a
specialist programme, which enriches the social studies curriculum and effectively
develops students knowledge and understanding of Emirati culture. Assemblies,
attractive displays and special events reinforce students strong understanding.

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Performance Standard 5: The protection, care, guidance and support
of students

The protection, care, guidance and


KG Primary Middle High
support of students Indicators

Health and safety, including


arrangements for child protection/ Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
safeguarding

Care and support Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good

The school makes very good provision for the overall protection, care, guidance and
support of students. The child protection policy and procedures are clear and shared
with all staff as well as parents; all teachers and staff are given suitable training.
Supervision is attentive and caring. Students indicate that there is no bullying and
procedures are in place to deal with any other issues that might arise. Two social
workers are responsible for the pastoral care of students; students indicate that
they feel safe and well cared for and can approach a trusted adult if they have any
issues to discuss. The health and safety of students is a high priority for the school.
Premises provide a safe, secure and attractive learning environment for all students
including those with SEN. Security is rigorous at all times. Risk assessments are
regular and issues are responded to promptly. Records are up to date and the
school is well maintained and kept in in a hygienic state. Good medical provision is
available in the clinic from a qualified nurse. The school promotes health awareness
through a wide variety of projects, such as The Childs Health which is provided by
the parent organization, as well as awareness activities which the nurse runs. The
canteen is hygienic and provides healthy food choices such as salads and fruits.
Teachers also encourage students to bring healthy snacks to school. Health
awareness is integrated into subjects, for example through discussions in Arabic and
English lessons: for example, Grade 7 students discussed healthy foods and their
relevance to lifestyle. The schools procedures to ensure safety on school transport
are appropriate and maintenance records are up to date. Student arrival and
departure procedures are efficiently organised.
Staff have developed very positive and encouraging relationships with students.
Behaviour management procedures are effective and consistent in almost all
lessons and around the school; students are aware of expectations and follow them.
Prompt communication with parents and close attention to student behaviour in
these respects help maintain the high rates of attendance and standards of

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punctuality.
The school has thorough procedures in place to identify students with SEN. In the
absence of an SEN coordinator, senior leaders take on the role and responsibilities in
order to identify and manage provision for students with SEN and those with G&T.
The school makes effective use of diagnostic tests to identify students in need,
inform planning and provide focused academic support. Each student has an
individual learning plan that guides the class teachers support in lessons. Class
teachers provide effective inclusive support that helps produce students who are
engaged and productive. Students with hearing or physical disabilities are seated
appropriately in lessons and they receive effective support from the class teacher
and peers. In particular, such students are integrated well into lessons and enjoy
their activities. Most students are making similar rates of progress to all students.
Social workers support students with their social needs, and senior leaders follow
up with teachers on students academic progress, and give relevant support and
guidance. A number of universities visit to guide students on study and career
choices. Additionally, an open day gives students the opportunity to discuss
educational options.

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Performance Standard 6: Leadership and management

Leadership and management Indicators

The effectiveness of leadership Good

Self-evaluation and improvement planning Good

Partnerships with parents and the community Good

Governance Good

Management, staffing, facilities and resources Good

The quality of leadership and management is good. The principal leads cohesive
senior, middle leadership and whole-staff teams. Senior leaders demonstrate a
secure understanding of curriculum and best practice in education. Together with
staff they have created an inclusive approach that results in purposeful learning for
all groups of students. The principal cultivates strong and encouraging relationships
with all members of the school community, particularly with students, with whom
she is in regular contact and who recognise her as a role model. Senior leaders are
effective in leading and guiding staff teams, and their strong commitment to the
aims of the school and continuous improvement is shared by staff. Senior leaders
provide regular professional development, support and encouragement and their
close oversight ensures high levels of accountability for continuous improvement in
the quality of provision.
Self-evaluation is well embedded in the school improvement process. It is led by
senior leaders and involves input from subject leaders and all staff through a series
of meetings. The schools self-evaluation document (SEF) is well evidenced and
realistic. The schools development plan (SDP) focuses well on the
recommendations from the previous inspection and is appropriate as a guide to
further improvement. The school makes effective analysis and use of students
performance results to inform planning; subject teams develop action plans that are
soundly data-driven. In a few subjects, middle leaders do not have a secure
understanding of how best to use performance data analysis to inform planning and
impact students learning. Evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching is systematic
and thorough. It involves senior leaders and subject leaders in an improvement
cycle. The results are used to guide professional development opportunities, which
are regular and focus on identified group and individual teacher needs. The lesson
observation process as followed, observing, recording and feedback, shows that
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secure in their understanding of how to improve learning most effectively.
The school cultivates positive relationships with parents, who are supportive of the
programme and their childrens academic and personal development. A range of
strategies keeps them well informed about their childrens achievement as well as
providing them with general information that encourages them to attend meetings
and special events. The school has developed a wide range of community
partnerships that enhance student learning, such as university guidance visits,
student attendance at national conferences, social contributions by students in
liaison with Red Crescent and visits to a local SEN centre.
The governing board includes representation from most stakeholders including
parents. Board members are regular visitors to the school and have a thorough
understanding of the schools performance, achievements and priority areas for
development. They are attentive to parents views through a variety of channels,
such as meetings, reports and visits to the school. The principal and school are held
securely accountable for the ongoing development in the quality of provision,
through regular meetings and reports. The governing board is influential in
reviewing improvement plans and guiding strategic development.
The school is efficiently organised: procedures and routines support students
learning very effectively. In the primary to high phases, there are sufficient well-
qualified and experienced staff, appropriately deployed, to support curriculum
delivery and promote the schools overall vision. The staffing allocation of only one
teacher to KG and Grade 1 classes, with no classroom assistant, limits the
effectiveness of the individual and group support provided for children. Premises
provide a welcoming, bright and colourful learning environment. Classroom and
specialist facilities are used effectively to promote students learning. Resources
support curriculum delivery appropriately and are used to good effect by most
teachers. For example, teachers oversee students' use of iPads to assess their work.
they make good use of mathematical materials to assist students' understanding of
new concepts.

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What the school should do to improve further:
1. Increase the consistency of high-quality teaching for effective learning in
order to raise student achievement still further by:
i. ensuring that individual teachers planning is detailed, takes
account of students prior attainment levels, and provides activities
to meaningfully challenge and support all groups of students,
including low achievers and high achievers
ii. enabling more effective teachers to influence and help develop
colleagues practice through modelling successful strategies and
participating in peer observations across subjects and grades.

2. Strengthen the planning, modification and delivery of the curriculum by


increasing the opportunities provided in each subject for students to
develop skills in innovation and independent learning.

3. Strengthen the provision in the KG curriculum by ensuring that:


i. children have sufficient opportunities in individual and small-group
settings to learn through making choices in structured,
independent and purposeful learning activities
ii. all teachers have the knowledge and understanding necessary to
the planning and implementation of strategies that meet the
specific learning needs of young children.

4. Strengthen the capacity of middle leaders to lead and improve learning by:
i. ensuring close monitoring of the quality of planning, particularly
planning to identify the learning needs and expected outcomes for
all groups of students
ii. providing professional development to ensure that lesson
observations focus more specifically on learning and the impact of
teaching on learning
iii. enabling more effective leaders to influence and help develop
colleagues practice through modelling, mentoring and
participating in observations.

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